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2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 5

The April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge is designed to help poets do one thing and one thing only: Write more poems! The process of revision may go on for weeks, months, and years later, but this challenge is all about getting that first draft. Please poem along with us--either in the comments below or silently at home.

For today's prompt, write a plus poem. Plus can mean a lot of things, and even the act of addition could equate to subtraction.

Here's my attempt at a Plus poem:

"plus"

she forgets the window is there sometimes
& imagines that she wanders the streets
searching for someone to commit her crimes

against true love & poems filled with rhymes
prefering prose to line breaks & metered feet
she forgets the window is there sometimes

she confuses her lemons with her limes
& wishes for a ghost to haunt her sheets
searching for someone to commit her crimes

one plus one is the same as two one times
the glass sweating against the summer's heat
she forgets the window is there sometimes

as if the dirt of love transforms to grime
& all her memories have lost their seats
searching for someone to commit her crimes

to lift her sheets before breaking her lines
this someone--anyone--for her to meet
she forgets the window is there sometimes
searching for someone to commit her crimes

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